People often ask me where I get the idea for a fine art collage like The Gift. You may be surprised to find out that the idea or inspiration doesn’t always come first. Sometimes it’s the materials that inspire the piece, rather than the other way around.
That was the case with The Gift. Perusing through my piles of vintage and antique ephemera, a relationship between some of the materials began to form in my head. It’s never a whole story, but just bits and clues – an emotional context from which a story might be suggested. I hope my work will inspire the viewer to use their own imaginations. Each viewer relates to a piece of art in their own unique way. I love hearing what people think an artwork means, what memories it stirs, or how it makes them feel. Sometimes I actually like their interpretation better than my own.
This fine art collage started with a beautiful antique leather book cover. I wanted to allow some of that rich golden brown color to show, so I didn’t cover it with paper as I sometimes do. Each piece of ephemera I chose to use in this piece adds to the mood of the narrative. I chose the figures first, as they’re most important to both the story and the composition. The other pieces build a framework of meaning around them. Though they seem to be from two different worlds or times, there is a relationship or communication happening between them. The title refers to the fact that the woman (fairy?) with the flower hat appears to be presenting a rose to the other woman. I hope you enjoy whatever story this collage tells you!